The Games Design and Development degree has been worth it from every point of view


When she found out more about game development, Iasmina Leagan knew she wanted to study a degree in the subject. Realising there were few opportunities to do this in her country, she made the big decision to travel from Romania to study in the UK at the University of Greenwich.

Iasmina Leagan

Specialise with optional modules

Iasmina applied for the university’s BSc Games Design and Development (Programming) because the course would allow her to specialise in the areas of the subject that interest her. She could build her course around the choice of optional modules available such as Games Technology and 3D Modelling.

You can choose which area to specialise in – whether you want to be a game/app programmer, develop virtual reality projects, create 3D models, or focus on visual-oriented aspects, such as animations or graphic designs.

In her first year she created games using a game engine, which inspired her to focus her studies on programming. She has enjoyed seeing her games being played by other people. “It gives me a lot of satisfaction and motivates me towards bigger projects.”

Facilities that stand out

As well as the course itself, Iasmina says the University of Greenwich stood out to her because of its beautiful architecture and comfortable accommodation. She valued the university’s IT labs and the library, both containing computers equipped with a variety of programmes. She has made full use of the university’s facilities since joining, saying she often finds herself losing track of time and spending an entire day in the library with her friends, studying and completing coursework.

Her advice to fellow or future Game Design and Development students is to get involved in many extracurricular projects and events to build up a strong portfolio. She adds that is important students do not rush tasks they are given to help them with accuracy and understanding.

Overwhelming support from lecturers

Iasmina says she has been overwhelmed by the support lecturers have provided in every aspect of the course. As English is her second language, the support has meant she has been able to fully engage with her learning.

Socially, she says the university is very inclusive and she has been able to join its Games Development Society, one of many societies on offer, which has allowed her to meet more people with similar interests.

As an international student, it was scary at first to start living alone in a different country, but the campus and the people I have met here made it easy to adapt.

She says her course has been worth it from every point of view and hopes more students, particularly more international students, will take up opportunities to study and specialise at Greenwich.

Games development degrees

Our courses will help you to develop the skills you need for a career in the thriving games development industry. You will benefit from access to high-spec labs and facilities including Virtual Reality headsets and Motion Capture equipment.